GC 09: Sony gamescom conference

The Sony press conference got things underway at Gamescom in Germany earlier today. Rumours of a PS3 price drop and an all-new skinny version of the console had growing momentum in the build up to this week's event. So did the PlayStation people deliver? Find out below with our bullet-point rundown of all the Sony conference highlights - or click here to watch our epic unboxing of the retail PS3 Slim.

PS3 Slim

It’s the real deal. And you’ll be able to pick one up as of September 1st, as long as you’ve got a spare $299/£249.99/299 Euros to hand. Aside from this season’s sleek matte finish, you’ll also get a 120GB hard-drive and the new anorexic console is now 32% smaller, using less power in the process. Because of this, it’s quiet like Friday night mass.

So what other nifty new features does the squashed machine have up its elegant black sleeve? Well, it can interact with your Bravia TV for a kick-off – your remote controls the XMB. The system also comes with a new vertical stand. Although there's sad news for all you Linux lovers, as you won't be able to install other operating systems on the machine.

Fear not if you’re not fond of the new design, though. You’ll still be able to buy the old obese 80GB models, which will retail for the same price as the Slim from here on out.


The PlayStation Network is getting all sexed-up with a slight redesign, which will take effect after you’ve downloaded the upcoming firmware 3.0. The new features include a ‘What’s New’ section, which will provide all the latest PlayStation news without the need to leave the XMB, and extensive Store updates.

Among the PSN updates are new avatar icons (including premium ones you’ll be able to buy), animated themes and a constant onscreen indicator that can immediately tell you how many of your friends are online and how many unread mails you currently have.

European PS3 owners will finally get access to the video download service their US counterparts have been enjoying for months. Exact pricing details are yet to be confirmed, but you can expect more details and a further expansion of the service around November.

Before that, though, UK gamers will be able to enjoy BBC iPlayer (which allows you to watch recent shows like Dragon’s Den and Top Gear) from September. Hmmmm, a night watching Duncan Bannatyne reduce an amateur entrepreneur to tears or a few deathmatches of Killzone 2. Decisions, decisions.

Finally, there will soon be a new Singstar space in Home (yay?). And hundreds of digital Marvel comics are coming to the Store, available to read on either your PS3 or PSP.


If you’re a complete mentalist and decide you’d rather buy a PSP 3000 than the upcoming PSP Go, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the 3000 will soon be available in three new colours. You’ll be able to choose from turquoise blue, blossom pink or lilac purple (which is already available in the States). Don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing we’d enjoy more than helping our old PSP’s blossom, but we’d still rather have the GO’s fancy, sliding screen.

New games

'How far will you go for love?' That's what Heavy Rain asks us after watching an overly angst trailer that revealed the game's final character, a grief-stricken dad on a hunt for revenge. If nothing else, David Cage's first title since The Indigo Prophecy is certainly varied. And we can't think of many games that let you innocently play with a small sprog one minute and strip down as a woman for some fat pervert the next.

LocoRoco, Midnight Carnival and Eye of Judgment (because who doesn’t love weird, twee card games) have all been announced for PSP. And hold onto your carburetors petrol heads, because you can now pre-order Gran Turismo 5 if you live in Europe. Not suffered heart palpitations yet? Well, if that wasn’t enough, PSP Go users will get GT PSP free as a digital download when they register their new handhelds.

Motion controller

The equivalent of tumbleweed blowing through Cologne in terms of any new concrete details, but Sony have announced there’ll be loads more news released on the magic wand thingy at the Tokyo Game Show during the first week of November.

Aug 18, 2009

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  • jmohan - August 20, 2009 8:09 p.m.

    Very tempted to get a PS3 now.
  • yetipellets - August 19, 2009 8:13 p.m.

    The slim looks pretty cool, ill probly get one. and hopefully i can transfer data from my old ps3. reCAPTCHA: narcosis ben, wicked nickname
  • Michael622632 - August 19, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    It's going to be £249 in the Uk for those who were wondering. I expected it to be £200 with the exchange at $300 to around £180 as someone pointed out. Guess we're getting ripped-off again.
  • wkdtkd - August 19, 2009 9:11 a.m.

    I always think the slim designs make playstation look like a toy instead of a sexy piece of hard ware.
  • ManDevil - August 19, 2009 5:08 a.m.

    I am now a resident of bonertown
  • NightAce84 - August 19, 2009 12:13 a.m.

    I hate the shape of the PS3, but the slim is a nice change. I am tempted to get one now actually. But does anybody else see the obvious copy of Xbox's home screen on the new PS3 screen? It's sad Sony isn't original.
  • Doctalen - August 18, 2009 10:40 p.m.

    Usually Not a fan of the p3 but the price drop may tempt me to save for it. Plus some good games coming/came out I think I will consider a ps3.
  • DoctorGordonFreeman - August 18, 2009 10:34 p.m.

    oh and it sucks that the ps3 slim only has 2 usb ports. that is all
  • DoctorGordonFreeman - August 18, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    oh and you can transfer your old ps3 info to a slim?
  • Jordo141 - August 18, 2009 9:08 p.m.

    Europe is finally getting the video store, any sign of PSN cards? Hate using my credit card. Money is tight these days :(
  • mgkyo666 - August 18, 2009 8:17 p.m.

    i dont really hate it but ill reserve judgement untill it all comes out... reCaptcha:cervix as lol
  • petaboil - August 18, 2009 7:45 p.m.

    mmmmm me like all this jucy new info... anyone think that its looks rather sexy from the top even though it is basically a square reCaptcha : detroit somalian
  • Grobie - August 18, 2009 6:55 p.m.

    ^PSP Go, rather
  • Grobie - August 18, 2009 6:54 p.m.

    My guess is the PS3 will still cost just shy of £300 for the next six months at least, as for the PSP Slim - who is really gonna pay 300 Euros for it?!?. On the new design, will it be any lighter? Where are the vents to lose all the heat it generates or have Sony sorted that? Will backward compatibility return? And can you still swap out the hard drive?
  • oscarpiggy - August 18, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    drrooooooooooolllllllllllll ps3 slimm is llooooovvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeelyyyyyyy
  • AnonymouZ - August 18, 2009 6:11 p.m.

    I am 12 years old, and what is this? ... Really? There is a ps3 slim and a 100 mark down on ps3s? i think someone be kidding!
  • pikeguy - September 7, 2009 11:56 a.m.

    man thats crazy alot of my freinds are gonna be pissed off that they didnt wait for a slim
  • Timothy_Lemon - August 21, 2009 4:53 p.m.

    does no-one actually read the articles on this site. ps3 "slim" uk rrp £249.99 ps3 80g new uk rrp £249.99 although the shop i run are knocking 80 gigs out now at a bargain price of £234.99 because we're the best. :)
  • puzkid - August 19, 2009 4:50 p.m.

    omg dis is soo annoying i bought a psp 300 1 mounth a go and i had never heard of the psp go till a week ago "waaaaaaa"
  • cart00n - August 19, 2009 5:10 a.m.

    Yup. Gonna get one. reCaptcha: farnham four

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